In PATHOS, a resilient mind is strangled by tragedy and loses its order. Through 150+ puzzles (including some of the hardest ever made for Steam), follow Ego as it works desperately to put back together a brain that’s losing the will to fight.
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Dec 5, 2017

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February 18

PATHOS Expansion Update

Hello out there in Steamland. It’s been a couple months since PATHOS’ launch, and it’s about damn time we update this thing in a meaningful way. And so we did. Here are those changes elucidated:

1. Mac and Linux support

Apple and Linux users can now join the fun and ply their skill at PATHOS. Don’t worry, you guys have plenty of time to catch up. Apple and Linux users can also access PATHOS’ progress tracking site to see where they compare to the entire player base.

2. Full Controller support

Controller support means you can lean back in your chair and experience repeated failure in comfort. Consider getting some replacements, because you’ll probably smash a couple.

3. UI tweaks

We’ve made a bunch of quality of life changes to the UI too, in response to some of the feedback we’ve received. The result should be faster level selection and menu navigation, saving some precious seconds.

Beyond those fixes, the PATHOS soundtrack, pieced together by maestro Tim Halbert, is also available. It’s great chill or workout music, but you probably don’t work out. If you did, though, it would be a sublime choice.
More tweaks are in the pipeline for the near to medium future, including game translations, content additions and level editor, so hang around for a bit.
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December 5, 2017

PATHOS live now!

The day is here! A wounded mind calls for your puzzling prowess, for the guard is asleep at its post. More than 150 levels await, the knots growing tighter, hope dimming, desperation mounting.

PATHOS is ready for all comers. Ready for the most logical, the most creative, the most persistent - there are many paths to PATHOS greatness, but only one path to the goal.

Very soon, we will be launching a companion website to track and present various stats. With, PATHOS participants will be able to see how they match up to the rest of the field.

We look forward to seeing who climbs to the top first. It will have to be someone in possession of staggering mental prowess.

Puzzle on, PATHOSers!
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About This Game

The objective in PATHOS is simple - deceptively so. You've got just enough moves to get to the end. No more, no less. Use every last one mindfully.

Think of PATHOS as a play on the ol' sokoban style games. But instead of getting objects to their intended spot, you've got to get yourself past all those complicating obstacles, whether those obstacles are blocks, keys, teleporters, chasms or some sly board manipulation tricks. And every puzzle only gives you the moves you need - not one step extra.

There's a lot to muse about regarding PATHOS. Here's what intrepid puzzlers can expect:

150+ precisely crafted puzzles that wring every drop out of the developed mechanics.

No procedural tricks, no shortcuts, no nothing. PATHOS features a carefully thought out curve that is meant to gently ratchet the difficulty up, and this requires considered puzzle design and arrangement. Every single level requires a novel slice of perception, attention, logic or working memory. There are no wasted moments in PATHOS.

Mysterious narrative that challenges and provokes.

Ego's job, to the extent that a psychological aspect can have a job, is summoning and rallying his fellow aspects. Together, they forge through the crests and troughs that life delivers. Managing emotions, meeting obstacles, maintaining an uneasy homeostasis - that is Ego's burden. But, what happens when the burden becomes too much?

41 achievements, most discovered through deciphering verbal and visual clues.

Pictograms and riddles - you're going to need a pencil and paper, or an illuminated mind, to defeat most of these.

Secrets woven even deeper into PATHOS’ fabric.

Yes, if you want to 100 percent PATHOS, you'll need to play super sleuth. It may take weeks, months - it might take years to piece it all together, but there's something waiting at the finish line for the admirably zealous.

Powerful OST by Tim Halbert, with a definite earworm or two in there.

Halbert's a groove guru, and PATHOS' OST is something you can clean a house, paint a masterpiece or dance with your dog to. It also helps shake loose that latent mental acuity.

Global win tracking statistics for every level.

PATHOS is paired with a stat and progress tracking site where players can see how they size up against the rest of the field. Eventually, someone is going to get to the mountain's summit, and it's probably going to be lonely at the top.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Graphics Card
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Graphics Card
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Graphics Card
    • Storage: 260 MB available space

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